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What We Can Learn from Mother Teresa’s Dark Nights of the Human Soul

The world was stunned last year to learn that one of the greatest saints of the 20th century experienced a profound sense of God’s absence in her life. The recently published book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, is a collection of private correspondence between this remarkable woman and her confessors and superiors over a period of at least six decades.


We know Mother Teresa as the Calcutta nun who led a small band of caregivers to bind up the wounds of the sick, homeless, and abandoned. Her merciful spirit and courageous acts were heralded worldwide as reflecting the very Savior she longed to emulate. Ironically, at the very same time that she was extending mercy and hope to the hopeless, Mother Teresa was struggling to feel the presence of God in her own life...

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Dennis Hollinger

Dennis Hollinger, Professor, is the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a speaker and author of four books, including The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral LifeHead, Heart, Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought; Passion and Action; and Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World. Dennis is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, IL, and for many years was a member of the Health Care Ethics Committee at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA. He received an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Drew University, and did post-doctoral studies at Oxford University.


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